J. Spencer Kinard

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J. Spencer "Spence" Kinard was a reporter for KSL television when he was invited to replace Richard L. Evans as voice of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Kinard had previously worked for CBS in New York. He spent 18 years as the voice of the choir.[1]

Kinard attended the University of Utah, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1966. He went to work for CBS News in New York, where he also completed a CBS News fellowship at Columbia University.[2] He returned to Utah in 1971 to work for then-CBS affiliate KSL-TV in Salt Lake City. After covering the funeral of Richard L. Evans that November, he became determined to break the story of who would replace Evans as voice of the choir. In the meantime, Alan Jensen (who had substituted for Evans from time to time) announced for the choir.[3]

In January 1972, Kinard was invited to audition for the position of announcer. He was introduced to the choir the next week and officially took over the helm at the Tabernacle Choir's Music and the Spoken Word broadcast in February 1972, where he continued for 18 years.[1][3] In the meantime he remained at KSL, where he gradually gained more responsibilities and eventually became news director.

On November 1, 1990, the Deseret News reported that Kinard had resigned as vice president of news and public affairs for KSL:

Kinard has been the subject of rumors about his relationship with KSL anchorwoman Jennifer Howe. Allegations within the Channel 5 newsroom that Kinard advanced Howe's career at the expense of other KSL employees led to widespread dissatisfaction among the staff for the past few months.

Both Kinard and Howe deny those allegations. Howe is still on the KSL payroll, but she has not been on the air since Oct. 18. She is visiting her parents in Dallas. After a weeklong series of meetings, Kinard was placed on a medical leave from the station on Oct. 19. He reportedly was suffering from overwork and stress.[4]

The next day, the Deseret News followed up with an article entitled "Kinard - At His Request - Is Released From Choir Post".

Howe was a Saturday evening anchor at WTSP in Tampa Bay, Florida. She married the top news anchor, Pat Minarcin, in 1997, but that marriage ended in 2006.[5][6] Howe was let go from WTSP in September 2008.

Kinard went on to become deputy director of the Utah Travel Council, where he worked for nearly twelve years until his 2006 retirement.[2] Kinard is a member of the board of trustees of the University of Utah.[7][8] He has been chairman of the national Radio-Television News Directors Association and was president of the University of Utah Alumni Association (2005–08).[2]


  1. ^ a b "2001 Board Members & Scholarship Recipients Announced!". University of Utah Alumni Association News. 2001.[1] Accessed 30 March 2007.
  2. ^ a b c "Speaker Bios". 2006 Winter Opportunities Summit. Spirit of British Columbia. http://www.wintersummit.ca/bios.htm. Retrieved 5 March 2007.
  3. ^ a b "History: J. Spencer Kinard" from Music and the Spoken Word website (accessed 30 March 2007)
  4. ^ Pierce, Scott D. "Kinard Resigns as Vice President of News and Public Affairs for KSL". Deseret News. November 1, 1990.
  5. ^ "Former anchor recasts his role in print" from St. Petersburg Times
  6. ^ "Jennifer Howe, Weekend Anchor & Reporter" from tampabays10.com. (accessed 18 May 2007).
  7. ^ "Board of Trustees". University of Utah. www.utah.edu. [2] Accessed 30 March 2007
  8. ^ Gardiner, Dunstin. "LDS authority to address graduates". The Daily Utah Chronicle. 30 March 2007. [3]. Accessed 30 March 2007.

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Preceded by
Richard L. Evans
Announcer, Music and the Spoken Word
February, 1972–October, 1990
Succeeded by
Lloyd D. Newell